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The Hot Retail Startups in 2021

RIS’ third annual startups feature examines retailers that caught the eye of our editors for being exceptionally innovative and solving problems for consumers at a time when they need solutions the most.

Nike’s Digital-First Mindset Helps It ‘Just Do It’

Nike saw a strong second quarter, marking three straight quarters of roughly 80% digital growth. Hear why Nike’s ability to reach consumers digitally “is just getting better and better as this pandemic goes on.”

Walmart will be the guinea pig for TikTok’s first shoppable livestreaming event in the United States.

While Gary’s Wine & Marketplace got its start as a small wine shop in New Jersey, its digital capabilities tell a different story.

Kohl’s will connect with consumers in new ways this holiday season, including through virtual pop-ups and augmented reality with shoppable features.

Working with influencers might be beneficial, but paying for that privilege represents a significant workload placed on the shoulders of the finance team. Learn how to make it more seamless.

While it’s tempting to chalk up the issue of having more visitors than a website can handle as good problems to have, the truth is that crashing from an influx is the stuff of e-commerce nightmares. Learn how the lifestyle brand managed its retail debut by developing a robust digital foundation.  

The Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman parent company reported a narrower-than-expected loss and acquired nearly 1 million new customers across North America through its digital channels. Find out how and the retail tech the three are investing in to continue to capture digital shoppers.

Despite consumers being accustomed to the convenience and speed of e-commerce, they still value customer service and support — that is, a human connection — above all else.

Many retailers are accustomed to developing ad campaigns for long-standing social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

To make the most out of social media audiences, it’s helpful to come up with strategies for each platform to bring consumers closer to a retailer.

The e-commerce start-up partners with social media influencers and brands to reach consumers who want anything but mainstream.

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